Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out of the visit of Kelechi Iheanacho's Manchester City side to Anfield for the New Year's Eve clash, according to Reds' boss Jurgen Klopp.
Coutinho hasn’t played for the Reds since sustaining an ankle problem against Sunderland at Anfield on November 26 and has missed six games so far.READ MORE: Iheanacho ready for Aguero, Jesus Challenge
Klopp who also confirmed that defender Joel Matip will miss the City game with an ankle injury when asked whether the Brazilian star could face Nigeria's Iheanacho and his City side, Klopp said: "No. He is in a good way, a really good way – I spoke to him a few minutes ago.
"But the City game, for sure, is too early and if the City game is too early then I am pretty sure the Sunderland game is too early, too. That’s it." Klopp told Liverpool's website.
The Brazil playmaker is making progress in his rehabilitation programme at Melwood, but the fixture with City will arrive too soon for a potential comeback – as will the return meeting with the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light on January 2.READ MORE: Iheanacho smashes Henry, Aguero EPL goals record
The title rivals meet at Anfield on Saturday with second-placed Liverpool one point above City in the Premier League and the Cityzens will once again hope that the Nigerian international who is currently the best EPL scorer in terms of goals scored per minute will again come to the party for them whether as a starter or as a substitute.
Meanwhile, Klopp has denied newspaper reports suggesting Liverpool could sign Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23.